Schlereth Impresses in Return from DL

While the Mobile BayBears blew an early lead to lose 10-8 to the Birmingham Barons Sunday night, there was a positive development. 2008 first-rounder Daniel Schlereth came off the disabled list and immediately turned in one of his most impressive performances of the season.

Daniel Schlereth had missed over a month with a ribcage strain. He last pitched on June 22nd and was placed on the 7-day DL on June 29th. The news was unsettling, as Schlereth exhibited a proclivity for injury during his time at the University of Arizona.

But just when we were starting to forget about Schlereth due to the strong performance of fellow southpaw relievers Clay Zavada and Leyson Septimo, the Arizona product exited the disabled list and entered a game trailing 9-8 against the powerhouse Barons. He faced three of the Southern League's best batters in that seventh inning: David Cook, Dayan Viciedo, and Stefan Gartrell. He fanned each one for a flawless frame of work.

Other positive notes from the game include shortstop Pedro Ciriaco continuing his hot streak by going 3-for-5, outfielder Cyle Hankerd blasting just his second home run since May, and reliever Josh Ellis extending his scoreless innings streak to 13.0. Catcher Matt Tupman, second baseman Mark Hallberg, and outfielder Peter Clifford joined Ciriaco and Hankerd in notching multi-hit performances.

But the big story of the evening was Schlereth's triumphant return to health and to form. There can be little doubt that we will see him pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks once again in September.

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